Raksha Bandhan (Bengali: রাখী বন্ধন Hindi: रक्षा बन्धन) is also called Rakhi Purnima (রাখীপূর্ণিমা) or simply Rakhi or “Rakhri”, in many parts of India.

The festival is a Hindu festival and is also a secular festival which celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. The festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated.

The festival is also observed by Jains as a religious festival,as on Raksha Bandhan, Jain priests give threads to devotees.

The festival is also celebrated by many communities as a secular festival.This secular aspect is observed among all people, irrespective of their religion, in West Bengal and Punjab.Various fairs are held in Punjab to mark the occasion.

On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her.The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar Nepali calendar.

Raksha Bandhan is primarily observed in India, Mauritius and major parts of Nepal. It is also celebrated by Hindus in parts of Pakistan,and by some non-resident Indians and non-resident Nepalis around the world.

Raksha Bandhan as a religious festival focuses on performing the aarti and saying prayers prior to tying the rakhi. The prayers draw inspiration from the Hindu scriptures. The other religious feature is the application of the tilak on the forehead of the person wearing the rakhi.

Raksha Bandhan is viewed as a non-denominational,multicultural event.Priests tie rakhis around the wrists of congregation members. Rakhis are often shared between close friends. Women tie rakhis around the wrists of the heads of state, political party or social leaders. Ceremonies are also held to tie Rakhi around the wrists of soldiers

The festival honors relationships of siblings and is akin to siblings day observed in the United States. The festival centres on the mutual bond of protection whereby siblings pray for each other’s wellbeing.

Accordingly, some Muslims in India view it a secular, multicultural festival, including the Ismaili community, and was observed in Mughal palaces.Raksha bandhan has been adopted by the Christian community who view it as a festival of historical and social importance, and is also traditionally observed as a secular festival by Sikhs,which involves the tying of the rakhi and giving of gifts.The secular aspect of the festival concentrates on the female tying a Rakhi on a male who in turn gives a gift.The religious features of aarti and applying the tilak are not observed.